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Explore Machu Picchu & Cruise The Galápagos

Trip Length 14 days

From $7,995

  • Explore two of Latin America’s crown jewels on one amazing two-week adventure!
  • Discover rich Andean culture and deep history in the charming, UNESCO-listed city of Cusco and experience the wonder of Machu Picchu
  • Journey through the Galápagos on a private yacht and see incredible wildlife, including sea turtles, dolphins, giant tortoises, sea lions and much, much more
  • Enjoy moments of magical discovery every step of the way and learn from expert naturalist guides

When it comes to visiting South America, the phrase, “too much to see, too little time” applies for most travelers. We’ve attempted to remedy that by designing an itinerary that includes two of the best of our South American adventures. First we'll visit Peru, where we'll explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, and the mystical ruins and misty peaks of Machu Picchu. Next we'll take a cruise through the enchanting Galápagos Islands on a privately chartered yacht and encounter unique species that exist nowhere else on earth. Along the way we'll be reminded that these incredible islands drew the attention of Charles Darwin when he visited here in 1835, later serving as the foundation for his theory of evolution. Throughout the trip, you'll enjoy luxurious accommodations and tours with expert guides. This is two South American bucket-list adventures in one!

Day 1: Welcome to Cusco

Upon arrival in Cusco, you'll be greeted by a Mountain Travel Sobek representative and transferred to your hotel. Cusco was the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, and today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrated for its ruins and vibrant beauty. We'll take a three-hour tour of the old city and Inca ruins, and later we'll meet for a welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Palacio del Inka Cusco or similar

Day 2: Explore Inca ruins in the Urubamba Valley

Near Cusco are several fascinating archeological sites from the Inca Empire, and this morning we'll take a private tour of four of them: the military ruins of Puka Pukara, the holy site of of Kenko, the ruins of Tambomachay, and the famous fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

Afterwards, we'll drive through the Urubamba to visit the village of Pisac. High on a hilltop overlooking the village, we'll explore the ruins of the largest fortress-city complex of the Incas and see some of the finest Inca stonework in existence. The lower slopes of the surrounding mountains feature impressive agricultural terraces and irrigation systems dating from Inca times. We'll spend tonight in Urubamba, and dinner is on your own.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Sol y Luna or similar

Day 3: Take the train to Machu Picchu

After breakfast, we'll continue exploring the valley, then board a train for the scenic, two-hour trip through the Urubamba Valley. From the Machu Picchu train station at Aguas Calientes, a short bus ride on steep, winding switchback roads will take you up to the “Lost City of the Incas.”

Nestled between striking peaks high above the Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu exists as an incomparably well-reconstructed ruin of staircases, terraced hillsides, altars, temples, fountains, and vistas. We'll take a short orientation tour of the spectacular ruins, after which you can explore with your guide. We'll then return to Aguas Calientes for the evening, where we will rest up for a more in-depth tour tomorrow.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Day 4: Explore Machu Picchu and return to Cusco

Today, we'll get an early start so we can experience the morning light over Machu Picchu and explore the ruins in depth before the train arrives with day visitors. We’ll have a thorough walking tour of Machu Picchu, visiting the various main structures and learning about their importance in the lives of the Incas. Depending on permit availablity you will have the chance to climb Huayna Picchu or the Machu Pichu Mountain, both offer amazing views of the surrounding areas.

We'll take the bus back around 1pm so we can catch the train back to Cusco, where you're free to relax and enjoy dinner on your own.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Palacio del Inka Cusco or similar

Day 5: Fly to Guayaquil, Ecuador

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll transfer to the Cusco airport for our flight to Lima, where we'll connect with an international flight to Ecuador. A Mountain Travel Sobek representative will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport and escort you to your hotel in Guayaquil.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hilton Colón Guayaquil

Day 6: Begin your Galápagos adventure

After an early breakfast at the hotel, we'll fly from Guayaquil to the island of Baltra, marking our official arrival in the Galápagos Islands (cost of flight not included). Here, we'll board our boat and begin a delightful week of exploration and relaxation.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Reina Silvia

Days 7-12: Explore the “Enchanted Islands"

While every Galápagos cruise itinerary is different, each day contains magical moments of discovery, with a naturalist guide by your side to show you all of the wonders of each of the islands.

You'll walk on soft, powdery sands, snorkel with giant sea turtles, explore tide pools, and hike over volcanic landscapes. You'll also be introduced to unique plants and animal species that can't be found anywhere else. The giant sea turtles are the most famous residents of the Galápagos, but wildlife viewing abounds, whether it's flightless cormorants, albatross colonies, marine iguanas, or the famous blue-footed boobies.

The islands you'll visit over these six days include Plazas, North Seymour, Genovesa, Santiago, Bartolomé, Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz, Española, and Floreana. No matter your itinerary, you'll leave with a thorough appreciation and understanding of the Galápagos' unique beauty and biodiversity.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Reina Silvia

Day 13: Return to Guayaquil

After returning to port, we'll transfer to the airport and fly to Guayaquil, arriving in the late afternoon. The evening is free to take in the last of Guayaquil’s sites or to pick up some last-minute souvenirs before heading home. Or, you could choose to fly home on a late red-eye flight if you wish.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hilton Colón Guayaquil

Day 14: Fly home

For your final day, you'll transfer to the airport for your homeward-bound flight, or you can join us for one of our extensions.

  • Breakfast

Jul 31, 2017 - Aug 13, 2017 Sold out

Aug 07 - 20, 2017 Sold out

Sep 04 - 17, 2017 Sold out

Jan 08 - 21, 2018 Reina Silvia

Jan 29, 2018 - Feb 11, 2018 EcoGalaxy

Feb 12 - 25, 2018 Reina Silvia

Mar 12 - 25, 2018 Reina Silvia

Mar 26, 2018 - Apr 08, 2018 Reina Silvia

Apr 09 - 22, 2018 EcoGalaxy

May 07 - 20, 2018 Reina Silvia

May 14 - 27, 2018 EcoGalaxy

May 21, 2018 - Jun 03, 2018 Reina Silvia

Jun 11 - 24, 2018 EcoGalaxy

Jun 18, 2018 - Jul 01, 2018 Reina Silvia

Jul 09 - 22, 2018 Galaxy

Jul 23, 2018 - Aug 05, 2018 Reina Silvia

Jul 30, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 Reina Silvia

Aug 06 - 19, 2018 EcoGalaxy

Sep 10 - 23, 2018 Galaxy

pricing

2018 Pricing
$7,995   Aboard Reina Silvia
$8,095   Aboard Galaxy
$8,195   Aboard EcoGalaxy

Additional Pricing:
$545  Internal airfare Guayaquil to Galapagos roundtrip – subject to change
$100  Galapagos National Park fee
$20    Transit Control Card

$2,500  Single Supplement

Lima-Cusco flight and Cusco-Lima-Guayaquil flights are not included in the pricing. Current estimate for these flights combined is $400-$600.

NOTE: For detailed itineraries on specific departure dates including day-by-day details, please call us at 1-888-831-7526 or email us at regionalspecialists@mtsobek.com. 

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Hilton Colón Guayaquil — Guayaquil, Ecuador

This upscale, high-rise hotel is conveniently located only a few minutes from the international airport. Guest rooms feature wi-fi, desks, and flat-screen TVs. There are five restaurants and two bars on-site. Other perks include a fitness room, spa, outdoor pool, and business center.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel — Aguas Calientes

A village in its own right, Inkaterra Machu Picchu comprises 83 whitewashed casitas dotted across 12 exquisite acres of private cloud forest. Its terraced hills, stone pathways, waterfalls, and lush gardens—home to 372 orchid species and hundreds of exotic birds, among other beautiful flora and fauna—offer guests calming exploration and secluded relaxation. Inside, the individual casitas are rustically elegant sanctuaries for rest, with inviting beds, a dining area for two, and Andean slippers crafted from recycled materials. For still further nurturing, Unu Spa blends classic and mystical Andean approaches to healing. And diners in the first-class restaurant can indulge in Peruvian cuisine with a modern twist while admiring views over the Vilcanota River. Just steps from the Agua Calientes train station, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is a luxurious stopover en route from Cusco or Urubamba to the legendary Inca Trail and mystical citadel of Machu Picchu.

Palacio del Inka Cusco or similar — Cusco

Housed in a 500-year old mansion, the exquisite Palacio del Inka is located in the historic center of Cusco. Just a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from museums, markets, and restaurants, Palacio del Inka puts the best of Cusco at your fingertips. The rooms are beautifully appointed, decorated with Peruvian art, handcrafted furnishings and modern conveniences and comforts such as LED TV, high-speed Internet access, and Starwood Hotels' signature Luxury Collection beds—among the most comfortable you'll ever sleep in. If you have time, enjoy a relaxing day at the spa, which offers indigenous treatments and a therapy pool.

Sol y Luna or similar — Sacred Valley

Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, an hour from Cusco airport, lies the peaceful Hotel Sol y Luna. Meandering cobblestone garden paths, lined with hydrangea and bougainvillea, lead to the charming casitas that make up the guest quarters. Filled with light, color and Peruvian folk art, the casitas are at once warm and inviting. Guests can also enjoy the Yacu Wasi spa, Killa Wasi restaurant, the wine cellar and the Peruvian-Paso-horse ranch. Minutes away from the hotel, you can find important archaeological sites like Moray, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Machu Picchu.

The Reina Silvia — Galápagos, Ecuador

At 90 feet long, the Reina Silvia was recently renovated and redesigned to create a pleasant atmosphere for groups of 12-16 guests. The yacht is fully air-conditioned and all cabins have en suite bathrooms with shower, vanity and lavatory. The yacht features up-to-date security, navigational and communications equipment. There is a spacious open-air lounge on the top deck, a swimming platform, kayaks, inflatable tenders, and snorkeling equipment.

More information and deck plan.

"We had an excellent and memorable trip. Our guides were knowledgable and personable, making the experience both educational and fun." Ben Goldstein  

"I would summarize the essential nature of this and other MTS trips as: well planned and organized; small and intimate supported by extremely knowledgeable guides." Ed Wolcott

"This was our first time using a travel company and Mountain Travel Sobek exceeded our expectations. They were well organized, the guides were knowledgeable and fun, the food and lodging top notch." Karen Morrison

  • Explore two of Latin America’s crown jewels on one amazing two-week adventure!
  • Discover rich Andean culture and deep history in the charming, UNESCO-listed city of Cusco and experience the wonder of Machu Picchu
  • Journey through the Galápagos on a private yacht and see incredible wildlife, including sea turtles, dolphins, giant tortoises, sea lions and much, much more
  • Enjoy moments of magical discovery every step of the way and learn from expert naturalist guides

When it comes to visiting South America, the phrase, “too much to see, too little time” applies for most travelers. We’ve attempted to remedy that by designing an itinerary that includes two of the best of our South American adventures. First we'll visit Peru, where we'll explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, and the mystical ruins and misty peaks of Machu Picchu. Next we'll take a cruise through the enchanting Galápagos Islands on a privately chartered yacht and encounter unique species that exist nowhere else on earth. Along the way we'll be reminded that these incredible islands drew the attention of Charles Darwin when he visited here in 1835, later serving as the foundation for his theory of evolution. Throughout the trip, you'll enjoy luxurious accommodations and tours with expert guides. This is two South American bucket-list adventures in one!

reviews

"We had an excellent and memorable trip. Our guides were knowledgable and personable, making the experience both educational and fun." Ben Goldstein  

"I would summarize the essential nature of this and other MTS trips as: well planned and organized; small and intimate supported by extremely knowledgeable guides." Ed Wolcott

"This was our first time using a travel company and Mountain Travel Sobek exceeded our expectations. They were well organized, the guides were knowledgeable and fun, the food and lodging top notch." Karen Morrison

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Cusco

Upon arrival in Cusco, you'll be greeted by a Mountain Travel Sobek representative and transferred to your hotel. Cusco was the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, and today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrated for its ruins and vibrant beauty. We'll take a three-hour tour of the old city and Inca ruins, and later we'll meet for a welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Palacio del Inka Cusco or similar

Day 2: Explore Inca ruins in the Urubamba Valley

Near Cusco are several fascinating archeological sites from the Inca Empire, and this morning we'll take a private tour of four of them: the military ruins of Puka Pukara, the holy site of of Kenko, the ruins of Tambomachay, and the famous fortress of Sacsayhuaman.

Afterwards, we'll drive through the Urubamba to visit the village of Pisac. High on a hilltop overlooking the village, we'll explore the ruins of the largest fortress-city complex of the Incas and see some of the finest Inca stonework in existence. The lower slopes of the surrounding mountains feature impressive agricultural terraces and irrigation systems dating from Inca times. We'll spend tonight in Urubamba, and dinner is on your own.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Sol y Luna or similar

Day 3: Take the train to Machu Picchu

After breakfast, we'll continue exploring the valley, then board a train for the scenic, two-hour trip through the Urubamba Valley. From the Machu Picchu train station at Aguas Calientes, a short bus ride on steep, winding switchback roads will take you up to the “Lost City of the Incas.”

Nestled between striking peaks high above the Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu exists as an incomparably well-reconstructed ruin of staircases, terraced hillsides, altars, temples, fountains, and vistas. We'll take a short orientation tour of the spectacular ruins, after which you can explore with your guide. We'll then return to Aguas Calientes for the evening, where we will rest up for a more in-depth tour tomorrow.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Day 4: Explore Machu Picchu and return to Cusco

Today, we'll get an early start so we can experience the morning light over Machu Picchu and explore the ruins in depth before the train arrives with day visitors. We’ll have a thorough walking tour of Machu Picchu, visiting the various main structures and learning about their importance in the lives of the Incas. Depending on permit availablity you will have the chance to climb Huayna Picchu or the Machu Pichu Mountain, both offer amazing views of the surrounding areas.

We'll take the bus back around 1pm so we can catch the train back to Cusco, where you're free to relax and enjoy dinner on your own.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Palacio del Inka Cusco or similar

Day 5: Fly to Guayaquil, Ecuador

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll transfer to the Cusco airport for our flight to Lima, where we'll connect with an international flight to Ecuador. A Mountain Travel Sobek representative will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport and escort you to your hotel in Guayaquil.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hilton Colón Guayaquil

Day 6: Begin your Galápagos adventure

After an early breakfast at the hotel, we'll fly from Guayaquil to the island of Baltra, marking our official arrival in the Galápagos Islands (cost of flight not included). Here, we'll board our boat and begin a delightful week of exploration and relaxation.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Reina Silvia

Days 7-12: Explore the “Enchanted Islands"

While every Galápagos cruise itinerary is different, each day contains magical moments of discovery, with a naturalist guide by your side to show you all of the wonders of each of the islands.

You'll walk on soft, powdery sands, snorkel with giant sea turtles, explore tide pools, and hike over volcanic landscapes. You'll also be introduced to unique plants and animal species that can't be found anywhere else. The giant sea turtles are the most famous residents of the Galápagos, but wildlife viewing abounds, whether it's flightless cormorants, albatross colonies, marine iguanas, or the famous blue-footed boobies.

The islands you'll visit over these six days include Plazas, North Seymour, Genovesa, Santiago, Bartolomé, Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz, Española, and Floreana. No matter your itinerary, you'll leave with a thorough appreciation and understanding of the Galápagos' unique beauty and biodiversity.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Reina Silvia

Day 13: Return to Guayaquil

After returning to port, we'll transfer to the airport and fly to Guayaquil, arriving in the late afternoon. The evening is free to take in the last of Guayaquil’s sites or to pick up some last-minute souvenirs before heading home. Or, you could choose to fly home on a late red-eye flight if you wish.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hilton Colón Guayaquil

Day 14: Fly home

For your final day, you'll transfer to the airport for your homeward-bound flight, or you can join us for one of our extensions.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Hilton Colón Guayaquil — Guayaquil, Ecuador

This upscale, high-rise hotel is conveniently located only a few minutes from the international airport. Guest rooms feature wi-fi, desks, and flat-screen TVs. There are five restaurants and two bars on-site. Other perks include a fitness room, spa, outdoor pool, and business center.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel — Aguas Calientes

A village in its own right, Inkaterra Machu Picchu comprises 83 whitewashed casitas dotted across 12 exquisite acres of private cloud forest. Its terraced hills, stone pathways, waterfalls, and lush gardens—home to 372 orchid species and hundreds of exotic birds, among other beautiful flora and fauna—offer guests calming exploration and secluded relaxation. Inside, the individual casitas are rustically elegant sanctuaries for rest, with inviting beds, a dining area for two, and Andean slippers crafted from recycled materials. For still further nurturing, Unu Spa blends classic and mystical Andean approaches to healing. And diners in the first-class restaurant can indulge in Peruvian cuisine with a modern twist while admiring views over the Vilcanota River. Just steps from the Agua Calientes train station, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is a luxurious stopover en route from Cusco or Urubamba to the legendary Inca Trail and mystical citadel of Machu Picchu.

Palacio del Inka Cusco or similar — Cusco

Housed in a 500-year old mansion, the exquisite Palacio del Inka is located in the historic center of Cusco. Just a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from museums, markets, and restaurants, Palacio del Inka puts the best of Cusco at your fingertips. The rooms are beautifully appointed, decorated with Peruvian art, handcrafted furnishings and modern conveniences and comforts such as LED TV, high-speed Internet access, and Starwood Hotels' signature Luxury Collection beds—among the most comfortable you'll ever sleep in. If you have time, enjoy a relaxing day at the spa, which offers indigenous treatments and a therapy pool.

Sol y Luna or similar — Sacred Valley

Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, an hour from Cusco airport, lies the peaceful Hotel Sol y Luna. Meandering cobblestone garden paths, lined with hydrangea and bougainvillea, lead to the charming casitas that make up the guest quarters. Filled with light, color and Peruvian folk art, the casitas are at once warm and inviting. Guests can also enjoy the Yacu Wasi spa, Killa Wasi restaurant, the wine cellar and the Peruvian-Paso-horse ranch. Minutes away from the hotel, you can find important archaeological sites like Moray, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Machu Picchu.

The Reina Silvia — Galápagos, Ecuador

At 90 feet long, the Reina Silvia was recently renovated and redesigned to create a pleasant atmosphere for groups of 12-16 guests. The yacht is fully air-conditioned and all cabins have en suite bathrooms with shower, vanity and lavatory. The yacht features up-to-date security, navigational and communications equipment. There is a spacious open-air lounge on the top deck, a swimming platform, kayaks, inflatable tenders, and snorkeling equipment.

More information and deck plan.

Dates and Pricing

Jul 31, 2017 - Aug 13, 2017 Sold out

Aug 07 - 20, 2017 Sold out

Sep 04 - 17, 2017 Sold out

Jan 08 - 21, 2018 Reina Silvia

Jan 29, 2018 - Feb 11, 2018 EcoGalaxy

Feb 12 - 25, 2018 Reina Silvia

Mar 12 - 25, 2018 Reina Silvia

Mar 26, 2018 - Apr 08, 2018 Reina Silvia

Apr 09 - 22, 2018 EcoGalaxy

May 07 - 20, 2018 Reina Silvia

May 14 - 27, 2018 EcoGalaxy

May 21, 2018 - Jun 03, 2018 Reina Silvia

Jun 11 - 24, 2018 EcoGalaxy

Jun 18, 2018 - Jul 01, 2018 Reina Silvia

Jul 09 - 22, 2018 Galaxy

Jul 23, 2018 - Aug 05, 2018 Reina Silvia

Jul 30, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 Reina Silvia

Aug 06 - 19, 2018 EcoGalaxy

Sep 10 - 23, 2018 Galaxy

pricing

2018 Pricing
$7,995   Aboard Reina Silvia
$8,095   Aboard Galaxy
$8,195   Aboard EcoGalaxy

Additional Pricing:
$545  Internal airfare Guayaquil to Galapagos roundtrip – subject to change
$100  Galapagos National Park fee
$20    Transit Control Card

$2,500  Single Supplement

Lima-Cusco flight and Cusco-Lima-Guayaquil flights are not included in the pricing. Current estimate for these flights combined is $400-$600.

NOTE: For detailed itineraries on specific departure dates including day-by-day details, please call us at 1-888-831-7526 or email us at regionalspecialists@mtsobek.com. 

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Trip Length 14 days

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